Nicole Ferrari

Lecturer in French and Italian

 Ph.D. in Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies Department (University of Pennsylvania) BA, French, German, Italian (University of Delaware) 

Nicole Ferrari's current research interests focus on intersections between French and Italian nineteenth-century literature and Ordinary Language Philosophy. She analyzes philosophical and ontological skepticism in the ancien régime and representations of republics in Alessandro Manzoni's I Promessi Sposi and Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. She investigates how the Enlightenment notions of the virtues, the human, and classical and modern republics shaped Italian and French authorsvisions of governance, the good, and justice in the nineteenth century. In her upcoming projects, she intends to extend this research from Europe to the Caribbean, specifically the Haitian Revolution.



Office Location: 
Williams Hall 420
Office Hours: 
Spring 2024:
Research Interests: 

•         Victor Hugo and Alessandro Manzoni•         Ordinary Language Philosophy•         Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, J. L. Austin•         Classical and modern republics•         The French Revolution•         Italian and French Enlightenment•         Natural Law and justice•         Caribbean and African Francophone literature

Selected Publications: 
  •  “‘La vie finit par reprendre le dessus:’ l’abject kristévien dans LOmbre dImana de Véronique Tadjo,” article accepted by Australian Journal for French Studies for publication in 2024
  • “The Suffering Eyewitness in Occupied Friuli and Bologna 1943-1947,” article accepted by Occupied Italy for publication in 2024
  • “Skepticism and the Passage from Monarchy to Republican Rule in Les Misérables, invited to submit article to special issue of NCFS, Fall-Winter 2026-2027
Courses Taught: 
  • Elementary Italian
  • Elementary and intermediate French
  • English academic writing for college students
  • French 140: Griots Modernes: l’art de la parole